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ISIS Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 5:10 pm, October 27th, 2016 - 52 comments


Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says our training mission to Iraq is undergoing a transformation. We were warned when the troops first went that the mission was always intended to be looser than Brownlee publicly claimed at the time. And so it has turned out to be.

Brownlee is dragging Canterbury down

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, April 8th, 2016 - 84 comments


The Christchurch rebuild gets its second fail grade from Treasury. And what of the rebuild work that has been done with failed reinforcing steel?

Christchurch, keyisms and this state we’re in.

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 86 comments


There was a gathering in Cathedral Square in Christchurch on Sunday the 21st of February.

A one and a half hour recording of the event was put on youtube. Speaking begins at around 13min.

Going too far

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 253 comments


Physical attacks on politicians is going too far. So too is faking a hate-speech outbreak.

Fight to save Christchurch’s trees

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 9th, 2016 - 50 comments


Christchurch has already lost so much. Now its “notable trees” are threatened. A small group is fighting to save them. Please help spread the word, or make a donation.

Nats failing Christchurch and lashing out at Treasury

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 1st, 2015 - 128 comments


A Treasury report calls the Christchurch rebuild plan “unachievable”. Gerry Brownlee immediately springs in to action – attacking Treasury. Christchurch deserves better than this…

Just another coverup

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 14th, 2015 - 7 comments


The Nats changing lines on the Taji report look like just another routine coverup of just another routine lie. At least, I hope so, because not knowing / caring about the report would be worse.

War HUH!

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, February 13th, 2015 - 417 comments


NZ is again being asked to go to war in Iraq. The Clark Labour Government said no a decade ago, but in 2015 there may be a compelling reason to join the fight; this time it’s the right thing to do. New Standard author te reo putake puts the case for NZ entering the battle against ISIS.

Brownlee catches Key’s thirdtermitis

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, December 4th, 2014 - 34 comments

Sometimes it just gets too much

What could possibly have Gerry behaving so erratically?

Message from Christchurch: Send Help Now

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, August 5th, 2014 - 36 comments

christchurch crowd

Power has been concentrated into the figure of one man – a man who has in recent weeks shown that he thinks he is above the rule of law. You might think your one vote doesn’t make much of a difference – but it is everything to us here. Another three years of National and Brownlee, and we might not have a vote at a local level at all.

The reality is we’re pretty relaxed about fixing Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 28th, 2014 - 26 comments


For so many of the people in this still-broken city, they feel that this is a journey which they have been left to walk alone. Too often they find themselves fighting against the state, rather than working with them. One gets the impression that for all the visits and photo ops, Key just doesn’t get the situation down here.

Smarmy Brownlee on urgency

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 pm, July 2nd, 2013 - 24 comments


Brownlee’s press release on urgency is pure smarm. The Nats have always abused urgency, and this current session is no exception.

The last piece of the Hobbit story

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 1st, 2013 - 103 comments

eye of sauron

Emails released on the Standard today show that, during the Hobbit “dispute” the Government and others lied to the people of New Zealand to maintain a perception of a crisis.

It was a shameful moment in New Zealand’s political history.

On the Pike Report

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 pm, November 5th, 2012 - 99 comments

pike river fire

The Pike report is welcome good sense.

But why has it taken the deaths of 29 men to get attention to health and safety regulations in mining?

NRT: More information thuggery

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, March 24th, 2012 - 18 comments


NRT with yet another example of the Nats’ intimidation tactics.

The circling vultures

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, February 11th, 2012 - 105 comments

not for sale v3

People are waking up to National’s plan to remove the democratically-elected Christchurch City Council and replace it with its own hand-picked commissioners, who will then give a green light to Brownlee’s developer mates and the sale of council assets. You can already see the vultures circling – waiting for the chance to seize more public wealth for themselves.

InvisiNats: Gerry Brownlee

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, November 15th, 2011 - 7 comments


Key is avoiding the hard questions, but his photo-op face is everywhere. The rest of the Nats are working hard at being invisible. Let’s bring a little sunlight into that darkness!

Today’s InvisiNat is Gerry Brownlee.

A challenge to Gerry Brownlee

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 pm, April 25th, 2011 - 24 comments


Lianne Dalziel has left her political future to the people of Christchurch that she represents.

If it’s good enough for her to seek such a mandate, then why shouldn’t King Gerry do the same?

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, April 4th, 2011 - 89 comments

John Key Steven Joyce Gerry Brownlee not an edifying sight

Who’s bulldozing Christchurch business?

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, March 18th, 2011 - 60 comments


There’s a large number of reports coming out of Christchurch of businesses that have been demolished without Civil Defence consulting with the owners, as is procedure, and giving them a chance to recover vital equipment and records first. Disturbingly, some of these demolitions seem to have been carried out by ‘cowboys’ without CD approval.

Key’s priorities laid-bare

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 7th, 2011 - 23 comments


When a millionaire director and a foreign corporate wanted millions in tax breaks, Key jumped to it. When SCF collapsed the investors got an average of $60K, no questions asked. But when it comes to helping the ordinary families of Christchurch and the West Coast, the Nats are nowhere to be seen once the cameras are gone.

Brownlee in gun for misleading the House

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, January 20th, 2011 - 14 comments

key meets warners

Mallard has laid a Privileges complaint over Brownlee’s Hobbit lies. Good. Brownlee and Key deserved to be hammered for their part in the Warners/Jackson shake-down that cost just $34m and work rights. Lockwood won’t uphold the complaint though. He hates Brownlee. Not enough to severely embarrass his party in election year though.

Ministerial review: the economy

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 27th, 2010 - 33 comments

bill english beggar

The idea of this little group-effort series of posts is to look at the major areas of government activity and have an objective look at how National is doing – both against their own promises and things that we hold important. Let’s start with the economy, the direct responsibility of Finance Minister Bill English and Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Nats & Jackson played us for fools

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, December 21st, 2010 - 129 comments


The Herald has used the OIA to get hold of emails Peter Jackson sent Gerry Brownlee during the Hobbit shakedown. They show that the Actors’ Equity blacklisting was not a threat to the film staying here – yet Jackson and Brownlee told us it was to justify handing Warners $34 million and rushing through an anti-worker law.

Electricity privatisation begins

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, December 19th, 2010 - 37 comments

not for sale v2

What to do if you’re a government with an ideological fixation on selling assets, which is hugely unpopular? The public will catch on if you put SOEs as full entities up for auction. So, you don’t sell off the companies. Instead, you sell off the things they own or, through bond issues, their profit streams. We’ve been warning this would happen. Now, it is.

Ideology causes power price spike

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, December 18th, 2010 - 26 comments

light bulb

Brownlee ignored warnings that his reforms would increase power prices, not lower them as intended. Wholesale power prices have spiked from $50 to $300 per MWH. Exporters have cut production. Residential users are next. With power up and petrol breaking $2 a litre, energy is a handbrake on this supposed economic recovery.

Ridiculous Urgency

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 pm, December 11th, 2010 - 30 comments


National, under the direction of Gerry Brownlee, continue to abuse parliamentary procedure and make bad law.  They tried to ram 12 bills through on Thursday, resulting in them sitting under urgency until Saturday night.  There is no proper oversight, no thinking through the possible problems with bills, and far too little chance for the public to have their say.  We have procedure for a reason…


Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, November 29th, 2010 - 23 comments


It seems I’m not alone in feeling outrage at attempts to bury any sensible debate on the shape and extent of New Zealand’s coal operations

Some clarity on the Hobbit dispute

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 pm, October 23rd, 2010 - 103 comments


After days of trying to read the media and rumour mill tea-leaves on the Hobbit it was time to do some fact checking.

It turns out this has been a hard lesson in how the international film industry works.

Disaster tourism

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, October 8th, 2010 - 26 comments

gerry brownlee as henry VIII

The Christchurch earthquake required the suspension of democracy nationwide for 18 months. But Key had time to take a week in Hawaii. And the Social Development Minister is able to go off on a ‘study’ holiday in the US. And Gerry Brownlee, who needed all those powers to rush through laws, has spare time to intervene in The Hobbit dispute.

Gerry’s vision for New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, October 7th, 2010 - 7 comments

toxic flood hungary

A tailings dam in Hungary has burst. Toxic sludge over 16 square miles has killed four. If the sludge, laden with heavy metals and radioactive elements, makes it into waterways including the Danube the disaster will magnify. If Brownlee had his way, our countryside would be covered in tailings dams as miners plunder our national parks.

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